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noun (1)

skee·​ter ˈskē-tər How to pronounce skeeter (audio)
: an iceboat 16 feet (5 meters) or more in length having a single sail


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noun (2)

skeet·​er ˈskē-tər How to pronounce skeeter (audio)
: a skeet shooter

Examples of skeeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
All manner of migratory songbirds, sparrows, and swallows feast on skeeters. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 2 June 2023 Clean out gutters and downspouts to make sure water doesn’t pool and create a welcome breeding environment for skeeters. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2023 The genome of a species called Aedes aegypti—a striped skeeter that prefers to feed on humans and can ferry viruses such as dengue, Zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya into our blood—encodes more than 300 distinct types of chemical sensors that help the insects navigate their world. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 18 Aug. 2022 In fact, some people with significant reactions develop skeeter syndrome. Emily Shiffer, Health, 7 Mar. 2023 That’s all Clarkson, and his unusual ability to change directions like a water skeeter. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Jan. 2023 But as the ancient Alaskan joke goes, the real state bird is actually the mosquito, the common and evil skeeter that haunts Alaska in hordes and leaves a plague of itchy bites in its wake. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 6 July 2020

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Word History


Noun (1)

by shortening & alteration

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skeeter was in 1839

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“Skeeter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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